Staying comfortable to start the weekend


DISCUSSION:  A much cooler air-mass has taken over the region today and temperatures are running about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than they were yesterday. High pressure to the north will keep a nice, cooler breeze coming through the evening.

It looks like we will be left with mostly clear skies by the time football rolls around. Combine this with our cooler air in place, and it’s actually shaping up to be a bit chilly out at the games! Temperatures will be in the 50s during game time and overnight lows will eventually drop close to the 50 degree mark later on in the night.

Football looks a bit chilly, but dry tonight.

Saturday will be another dry day, and it will probably be the better of our two days this week to tackle anything outdoors. Highs will make it into the low 70s under partly cloudy skies, which will make for a nice and comfy day.

Weekend outlook.

Models are in agreement that we will see our best chance of widespread rain in over a month towards the tail end of the weekend. A stronger low pressure system with a decent amount of moisture looks to track just off to our north, and the accompanying cold front will arrive late Sunday. Showers will continue on well into Monday as well, so the rain gear will probably be needed on our way to work and school. Rainfall amounts will range from about half an inch to a full inch. This rain alone won’t bring enough rain to solve our dry spell, but it certainly will help.

We will definitely need this rain to help our the current drought. The new drought monitor includes all of the 59 News viewing area in either a moderate or severe drought.

Latest Drought Monitor.

We dry things out Tuesday, and at the moment the rest of the week looks to be a bit drier. Temperatures do look to behave though, as highs are expected in the low 70s and upper 60s.

Models are hinting that our next chance of rain will come late in the week, though the exact timing is still a bit uncertain. It looks like Friday or Saturday we could be seeing some showers, but we will have a better idea as we get closer in time to the passage of this frontal system.

Expected Peak For Fall Colors

Fall colors are starting to appear across the region. We are still a ways out from peak color, but you may notice leaves changing already. Most of the area will see peak colors by mid or late October. The further north you head, the quicker leaves change. With the dry spell we’ve been dealing with leaves can potentially fall before they even reach their peak colors, so some spots could be lackluster this year.

10 Day Forecast.

A bit chilly. Lows near 50.
Staying dry and comfortable. Highs in the 70s.
Rain likely. Highs in the 70s.
Rain likely. Highs in the 60s.
Mostly dry. Highs in the 60s.
Staying. Highs in the 60s.
Dry again. Highs in the 70s.
Showers likely. Highs in the 60s.
Shower possible. Highs in the 60s.

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